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Flip-Flops May Not Be the Best Summer Shoes

Monday, 21 September 2020 00:00

Flip-flops, while the most readily available type of summer shoe, are not particularly good shoes when it comes to maintaining the health of your feet. Because flip-flops are not securely attached to your feet as you walk, they can make you change your gait. This can lead to ankle pain and injuries, in addition to pain in other parts of the body, such as the hips and back. Flip-flops also offer little to no support for the arches of your feet, which can cause a painful foot condition called plantar fasciitis to develop. So what should you look for when you go shopping for summer shoes? Search for shoes that fit properly, have more straps to keep your feet in place, and are made of durable materials, such as leather or thick rubber. For more information about finding the right summer shoes for you, consult with a podiatrist.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff from Lake Worth Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Lake Worth, FL.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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